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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for January 31 through February 5, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of January 31 through February 5, 2014.

We responded to 38 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 2

EMS/Rescue: 20

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 5

Good Intent: 1

False Call: 8

Here is an overview of significant events from this period’s activities:

Friday, January 31 at approximately 1:54 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a grass fire due to a burning lawnmower. Upon arrival crew members found an area of approximately 1,000 square feet burning. A commercial lawn mower was observed in the center of the burned area. On scene workers advised E1’s crew that the mower had caught fire while mulching leaves but that they had extinguished it with an on board fire extinguisher. The fire extended to the grass around the mower but they ran out of extinguishing agent before they could bring it under control as well. Firefighters deployed a hose line and quickly extinguished the grass before using the hose to further cool the mower. Once the fire was fully extinguished, E1 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Saturday, February 1 at approximately 10:43 am:

E1 and C3 were dispatched to assist Williamson County Rescue Squad with mutual aid on a reported grass fire which was threatening a residence. E1 arrived first on scene and reported a large area around the home burned but that the residence was no longer in danger. Due to limited access and difficult terrain, E11 was requested to respond to the scene but was cancelled prior to arriving. Crew members from E1 utilized forestry hoselines, flappers and pressurized water cans to extinguish the fire. Once the Rescue Squad arrived on scene, control was turned over to them and E1 assisted with further extinguishment. The homeowner was evaluated for smoke inhalation but transport to a hospital was deemed unnecessary. Once the scene was under control, E1 cleared and returned to quarters.

Saturday, February 1 at approximately 3:53 pm:

E4 was dispatched on a report of a possible hip dislocation. Upon arrival crew members met with the PT who reported that they felt their hip pop after standing up. A brief medical history revealed that they had an artificial hip implanted earlier in the week and that they had just returned home from the surgery earlier that day. The PT was unable to move the affected leg and was unable to sit back down. A quick examination revealed an obvious deformity of the hip. The PT was able to stand comfortably while leaning on a walker, so on scene firefighters determined that moving them could wait until EMS arrived on scene. Once EMS arrived the PT was moved from a standing position to a lying position with the help of a scoop stretcher. The scoop stretcher allowed fire and EMS crews to remove the stretcher once the PT was placed on the cot. After loading the PT into the ambulance, fire crews assisted EMS with establishing an IV and administering pain medications prior to transporting non-emergency to an area hospital.

Monday, February 3 at approximately 4:06 am:

BFR E4 was dispatched on a report of an unresponsive person with CPR in progress. Upon arrival crew members and EMS found the PT lying on the floor with a bystander performing CPR. Personnel began immediate advanced cardiac life support treatments including continued CPR, ventilations, advanced airway management, cardiac resuscitation medications and cardiac monitoring. Despite all efforts the PT never regained a pulse. E4 was released from the scene by EMS and returned to quarters.

Monday, February 3 at approximately 1:04 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported commercial structure fire. E1 arrived on scene and reported no signs of smoke or fire from the exterior of the structure. Investigation of the scene revealed that several breakers had been tripped and the presence of a light haze generally associated with overheated electrical equipment, but no hazards. The property owner was advised to contact an electrician and all fire units were released from the scene.

Wednesday, February 5 at approximately 8:57 am and 12:15 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a report of children locked in a non-running vehicle. Crew members arrived on scene and utilized E2’s lock out kit to gain access to the vehicle. The children were evaluated and determined to be uninjured. With no further hazards, E2 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. Approximately 4 hours later E1 ran a virtually identical call with the same results.